30 Years Ago: The balmy January weather and no snow made Sunday a perfect day for a football

The balmy January weather and no snow made Sunday a perfect day for a football game for about 20 players. Above normal temperatures with daytime highs in the 40s have prevailed for nearly three weeks.

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Thirty Years Ago (1990)

The balmy January weather and no snow made Sunday a perfect day for a football game for about 20 players. Above normal temperatures with daytime highs in the 40s have prevailed for nearly three weeks.

Agnes Schomberg, a resident at the Lutheran Home since 1976 who spoke fluent German and loved to sing German hymns, celebrated her 100th birthday on January 30. She and her husband, Herman, had run a café in Gaylord and later managed a lumberyard business in Belle Plaine.

When Jerry Miller retired in May, the Belle Plaine School District replaced him with co-activity directors, Donna Brinton-Hawkins and Randy Carlson. After one semester of the arrangement, the decision was made to have one activity director instead of two, since most districts of the same size had only one. Carlson resigned since the position took up so much of his time, besides teaching five classes, coaching varsity basketball, and spending time with his young family. Brinton-Hawkins took over the position as BPHS’s activity director; she had four classes to teach, so she spent two periods a day working as the activity director. With supervision at all home events as one of the activity director’s responsibilities taking up to three or four nights a week, other administrators also did some of the supervision so it didn’t all fall on one person.

The Belle Plaine City Council approved the 1990 salary increases for city employees, with most full-time employees received approximately a five percent increase. The city employees and their ‘new’ salaries were as follows: Patricia Krings, police secretary, $15,433; Debra Stender, secretary/bookkeeper, $16,250; Dick Meyer, public works employee, $24,585; Brad Krick, public works asst. superintendent, $25,785; Pat Fogarty, public works superintendent, $28,700; Steve Rost, police chief, $29,574; Cynthia Dressen, city administrator, $29,856. Part time salaries for police officers increased to $7.75 per hour, and election judges’ salaries increased to $5 per hour.  The maximum hourly rate for office and custodial staff was $5.50, and the maximum hourly rate for public works staff was $9. The council set the salary for the new ambulance clerk position at $415 per month, but Pat O’Laughlin, who was appointed acting clerk, rejected it because she objected to the position being paid at a salaried rate rather than at an hourly rate.

The Consignment Store, formerly located at 149 N. Meridian St. for almost two years, planned to re-open at a new location at 113 N. Meridian St., the former Hagerman building, according to owner Dave Tesch. The business was literally starting from scratch, as every item had been sold Jan. 30 at an auction.

Dr. Timothy Halloran of Belle Plaine was one of four new members of the Board of Directors of Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague. Other new members were Sister Kathryn Casper, Katie Rohs, and Dick Wornson, all of New Prague. Retiring board members were Mary Gaffney of Belle Plaine, Sister Ingrid Anderson of St. Joseph, and Dr. Timothy Miller and Paul Flick of New Prague.

The following BPHS seniors were chosen as Seniors of the Month during the first semester of the school year: Melanie Wolf – Sept., Jenny Klehr – Oct., Bruce Siegle – Nov., and Kathy Malz – Dec. In the past, faculty member nominated the seniors. However, the award selection changed that year with the senior class voting on the award winners after the Student Council had nominated the students.

The BPHS boys’ basketball team suffered their first loss of the season on Jan. 18, when the Tigers lost to Loyola High School in Mankato, 52-46. “We just didn’t play that well offensively,” said Coach Randy Carlson. “We needed to cut down from 20 turnovers, most of which were unforced. Also, 28 percent from the field was not up to our standards. These nights happen, though, and you have to play through them. They played hard and very physically. Our kids didn’t ever quit, and we were proud of that as we walked off the floor.”

Brad Muehlenhardt was named the Z99 Athlete of the Week by Z99 radio station for his outstanding play in the Run and Shoot Christmas Tournament in Winthrop.     


60 Years Ago (1960)

A new business opened in town, a Bakery Café owned by Peter Mahoney. The new café was located adjoining the bakery in the building formerly occupied by Engfer Barber Shop. Improvements included the installation of 13 stools and two booths made of stainless steal with a Marlette back bar and Formica counter tops, lowering and insulating the ceiling, adding new modern lighting and painting.

Winn Ann Zaun, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zaun of rural Belle Plaine, was crowned Snow Queen at Mankato State College to reign over Snow Week activities. Terry Moriarty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Moriarty, was one of the five men finalists competing for the King’s crown.

Kathleen Leonard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Leonard, was named the winner of the Scott County Radio Speaking Contest. Patti Mahoney was named runner-up. Other competitors were Pam Novotny, Anita Worm, Diane Barten, Diane Riesgraf, Darlene Cook, Jean McCue, and Joan Hess.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Baltes renewed their marriage vows, which they made 50 years ago Jan. 25. A dinner was served to 50 guests and an open house gathered more than 200 friends and relatives.

The Commercial Club’s annual dinner and ladies’ night was a big success with 92 people dining on chicken and all the trimmings. President Maynard Harms presided, while Ted Venske of MinValley and Tom McKenna of the new plastics plant gave short reports. A high school quartet, made up of Lorraine Stier, Janice Dahlke, Bill Johnson, and Roger Mueller, entertained the group.

A Commerical Club was organized in St. Lawrence. Officers named were Eldrid Karnitz, president; Herman Pieper, vice president; Art Leibbrand, secretary; and Ed Kerkow, treasurer.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bachmann of Hancock Township, Richard Byrne of St. Thomas and Albert Zimmerman of Le Center were among the 30 Minnesota members of the Farmers Union who visited Washington, D.C.

Alfred Olson of West Union died Jan. 18 at the age of 89.

Bill Effertz, who farmed in Faxon Township, was chosen the Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation Farmer for Sibley County for 1959 by the Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors. He had done contour cropping, diversion terraces, a grass waterway, field terraces, and a livestock-watering pit.

Rev. Deni Ruckley, former pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Le Center and Church of St. Thomas in Le Sueur County, announced his retirement and returned to his native Ireland to live out his remaining years.

Anna M. Pavlicek, who made her home with her brothers, William and Edward of Belle Plaine Township, died at the age of 54 at their farm home.

The marriage of Bonnie Lee King, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford King of Belle Plaine to George Peter Schlechter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Schlechter of Waconia took place Jan. 9 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Belle Plaine.

The Tiger basketball team got swamped by New Prague, 59-24. There were two minutes and 40 seconds left on the clock in the second quarter when the team scored its first point of the game, on a free throw by Paul Johnson.

In a winter clearance sale at Hahn’s, winter coats were selling for $19 to $26. Ladies’ blouses were two for $3, and men’s slacks sold for $3.88.

Playing at the New Prague Theater was “Goliath and the Barbarians” starring Steve Reeves.

90 Years Ago (1930)

The Belle Plaine Creamery’s biggest production day up to that time was Jan. 28, 1930, when it made 4,225 pounds of butter.

John L. Johnson, who for many years lived on and owned the Mueller farm at the north side of Belle Plaine, died at his home in Cokato, to which place he had moved some years previous to his death.

Ed Larson, the Gotha creameryman, was expressing his views in Belle Plaine on the declining butter market. He thought the butter decline was a result of the stock market crash but figured it would not be a long depression and butterfat prices would pick up.

Mrs. Johanna Voigt, widow of Fred Voigt, died at her home in Belle Plaine at the age of 76; her funeral was held at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The local civic club sponsored a home talent play, “Corporal Eagen”, which showed two nights to a total of 630 people. Peter Mahoney and Joe Schmitt had the lead parts. There were scores of local young people, both young and old, in the cast.

Kenneth Johnson, son of Ed. C. Johnson, died of pneumonia at the age of 18; his funeral was held at the West Union Church, with Rev. Miller officiating.

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Baltes celebrated their 20th anniversary with a large gathering at their home in Union Hill.

John C. and Herman Schmidt departed for Lethbridge, Canada, upon receiving word that their brother, Charles, was seriously ill.

Henry Apitz, 52, Henderson farmer, injured a finger in a feed cutter and didn’t consider it much of an injury. Two weeks later, lockjaw set in and he died.

Up to that week, the Belle Plaine High School basketball team had not lost a game in its conference district, defeating Le Sueur, Montgomery, New Prague, Henderson, and Jordan. The team lost its game with De La Salle, Minneapolis, 26-19.

120 Years Ago (1900)

First cold snap of the winter sent the mercury to 20 below. No snow had appeared up to that time.

Frank N. Austin, who previously had been in the saloon business, sold that out and purchased the furniture store and business from Mrs. E. McDevitt.

Taxes in the borough that year amounted to 32.7 mills.

Wolves were reported to be numerous in the vicinity of St. Thomas. Several farmers saw them in their barnyards on several nights.

A sawmill was established on the Wm. Laabs farm near St. Thomas by Mr. Blume of Jordan.

On the eve of the departure of Mr. and Mrs. Will Carlin to their new home in Iona, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Werrick gave them a farewell party at the Belle Plaine Hotel. Cards were played at ten tables.

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